#HealthBytes: Five common yet dangerous condom mistakes you should avoid
As a form of contraception, condoms are handy, easy to store, widely available, and above all, effective (in most of the cases). They can help you stay away from unwanted pregnancies and dreadful STIs. However, buying and using the right condom for yourself is crucial for ensuring your sexual safety and pleasure. Here are five common mistakes you should avoid while using condoms.
Perhaps the biggest condom mistake is not using one
This should not count as a mistake, but a blunder. Condoms are must for a safe and healthy sex life - they not only prevent unwanted/early pregnancy, but also reduce risk of dreadful Sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So, use one during every sexual act.
Not checking for the expiry date or damage signs
First things first, condoms do expire. So, in case you are using an expired pack, just throw it out at the first chance. Further, never use your teeth to open a condom packet. Always check your condom for any signs of visible damage, such as cuts or holes. If your condom is faulty, replace it with a fresh one, before getting into any action.
Breaking the condom during sexual activity
Although quite rarely, condoms do break. A condom may break during intercourse or other sexual activity, if it's not worn correctly; has surpassed the expiration date; is not your size, or is used with an oil-based lubricant. Bad news is that a broken condom is as bad as using no condom at all, as it might lead to undesired pregnancy, or transmission of STIs.
Mistake #3: Not discussing condom use in advance
You don't want to indulge in a discussion about your sexual safety (or not) in the middle of the act. So, be sure to talk to your partner about contraception before having sex. It will enhance communication, build trust, and ensure greater sexual safety.
Putting condom the wrong way
Have you ever worn it inside out? Yes, it is annoying. But if you are a bit more careful, you'll be fine. We suggest you to have patience, and check the tip and the lower bottom of the condom to figure which the right side actually is. However, if you still end up wearing it the wrong way- just throw it, and start afresh.
Mistake #5: Putting it on late into action
A whole lot of couples tend to remember about their protective friend quite late into the action, which could be risky. Hence, it is important to wear a condom once the penis is erect, but before any contact with the partner has been made.